Bobcats quadrella makes history for club
IT was a historic day for the Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats when for the first time they hosted four senior matches on Saturday afternoon and what better way to mark the occasion with wins in all grades.
For the games at 1pm the Bobcats Youth side won 3-1 and the Women's side won 5-2 both against the Coffs Coast Tigers.
Then at 3pm the Bobcats First Division overcame the Tigers 3-2 whilst their Third division side beat local rivals Yamba 1-0 to round out a memorable afternoon in Maclean.
The First Division encounter delivered everything it promised in a fast paced free flowing match.
The Tigers came out firing and but for a clearance off the line after 10 minutes could have easily been in front.
Soon after the Bobcats clicked and a bullet like corner from Aaron Bylos was expertly glanced in at the near post by Fraser Robinson to make it 1-0.
This signalled the beginning of a 25 minute onslaught that blew the game open with Jeremy Walters doubling the local sides lead five minutes later before Robinson netted a third from a shot from an acute angle only moments later.
The Bobcats were purring with a 3-0 lead at the half time break.
The second half started slowing but it was the Bobcats who created some early chances.
Twenty minutes in Robinson looked certain to score his hat trick but his cracking volley hit the Tigers keeper flush in the face from point blank range in a save that if a bit lucky, still highlights the bravery of goal keepers.
As the match wore on both teams were guilty of spurning a number of guilt edge chances but with 12 minutes to go a dubious penalty was awarded to the Tigers.
The challenge appeared to be well outside the box but with the attacker falling inside a penalty - that was calmly put away - was awarded.
The momentum swung and the Tigers through everything at their hosts and in the shadow of full time scored again but that proved only a consolation as the Bobcats hobbled over the line 3-2.
The presence of Robinson in the attacking third was pivotal to the Bobcats victory and he received excellent support from his hard working strike partner Travis Armstrong.
Next Sunday the Bobcats First and Youth Divisions travel to Boambee to take on the Bombers.